Droid!

I thought the crackberry was the most awesome fun ever, and even though it served me very well during the time I used it… well the droid is superior in every way.

I have been playing with Bea’s iPhone since she got it and besides some of the games on it I did not find it a “fun” device. The touchscreen just did not seem to agree with my fingers, however, the droid is very responsive and I can even type on the screen… I could not accomplish that much on an iPhone. The plus is the slide keyboard that I prefer to use for texting and other messaging.

Using the voice search feature is also amazing. The blackberry did that as well with one of the google apps, but this interface is much, much simpler.

I still need to finish up my contact transferring and start doing some picture taking, but so far I am glad I finally upgraded to a droid. Any app suggestions welcome!

The Karate Kid 2010 (***)

The original Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies. I think getting into martial arts can be traced to this movie planting a seed at an early age. I agreed with Mr Deguia that there was no reason to remake this movie, and I am going to have to agree. Out of the movies that I saw as a child and loved, this one probably stands alone with standing the test of time. I have seen it as an adult and I still get excited at the same spots, embarrassed when the car has to be push started, etc. However, I was intrigued with what they could have done with this time tested classic movie that probably filled up Karate dojo’s all over the world more so than Chuck Norris.

Lets get what I hated about the movie out of the way. The pacing of the movie was just horrible. This movie could have been edited to be at least 10 minutes shorter, and some scenes that were supposed to add drama just ended up being boring and lets hurry up moments. I also did not have to see Beijing as a character, seriously I already saw enough of the birds-nest and the cube during the Olympics. Jaden Smith is too young for the part even though he did an excellent job with the part, the kid just looked way too young for the situations he was in.

Now with that out of the way, the movie was a lot better than I had expected. The martial arts were solid and Jackie Chan was an excellent teacher. The story was truly reinvented, and not simply because it was taken across the globe instead of across the country. While you recognize scenes and tons of little tips of the hat at the old movie, this movie stands on its own.

Smith is an excellent actor for his age. I did not think he could carry a movie on his own but the kid is great. He has a lot more charisma than Daniel San. Nobody knows how the future will turn out for this kid as an actor, but he does not seem to lack talent.

Even though I will always love the original because it was part of my childhood, this movie will probably make more sense to this generation. If you are a fan of the old one, it is respectful to it and it does not try to replace it. I believe it is worth the price of watching it in the multiplex and it might just make you feel like a kid again.

Miss My Friday Feast

It was such a easy way to post something without putting a whole lot of thought into it! So in a nostalgic remembering kind of way, and simply because I know it will annoy Mesha, here are some ramdom questions on this awesome Friday

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
I hardly ever download anything to my computer anymore, I think it was the SCII beta, but I recently worked on my uncle’s computer and put some anti virus in it.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Impossible to answer for me. Recently I have a Sushi place that is pretty default, but Los Comales just has so much awesome Mexican food… oh and The Works… Gyros!

Last time you swam in a pool?
Did not swim but actually dipped my toes in the pool at the hotel Ann and Dave were staying when they visited Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Gym decisions at the moment are being weighted based on pool availability. I want to start doing laps again, but I have not done them since high school.

Have you ever been in a school play?
Yeap, and I have actually considered joining a theater group. Actually checked a website just last week.

Type of music you dislike most?
Not just country… any kind of music that is too drowning in my tears and depressing annoys me. Upbeat country music is cool.

Are you registered to vote?
Yes!

Do you have cable?
Nope

Do you have a garden?
No but I have somehow taken over watering duty… wait a minute, how did that happen?
Have you ever won a trophy?
Martial arts medals at tournamets. I am almost tempted to commute to my old school on weekend! It has been over 7 years since I trained with Master Jang.

Are you a good cook?
I think I am above average, my wife is excellent!

Ever order an article from an infomercial?
Yes I was scammed by the ab electrocution system. Surprisingly it works, but it cannot be good for you… I wonder where the heck that thing ended, that was an awesome party prop. I think Pictionary would be taken to a whole new level if you had to draw wearing that thing.

Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?
Well I found true love already, so can I get a million now? (Love always)

Native Roots

Since Bea and I are going through Dexter withdrawals when it comes to TV we have been watching all The Office episodes we have available in Netflix. We rarely watch live TV now (except for the Hawks games) since we have so much available via Netflix. I am a documentary junkie and while most people will fall to sleep during some of the ones I watch. This weekend included The Mark of Cain and one of my new guilty pleasures (the marriage of documentaries with “reality tv) 30 days.

30 Days is a great show from the dude that stuffed his face with McDonalds and brought painful memories of my years as a burger flipper. I have seen most of season 1 and I started working on season 3. My favorite show until this weekend was when a Minute Man was sent to live for 30 days with a family of Illegal immigrants. However this weekend I watched as Morgan spent 30 days in an Indian Reservation.

My involvement with Native Americans outside of some extended family and friends that have percentages of native blood but have never been in a reservation; has been limited to a professional relationship with the Pottawatomie tribe while I worked on some of their computer systems. I never made it into the reservation when I was up there, and all of the facilities I visited were “luxurious.” Everyone I worked with up there in northern Wisconsin was extremely nice and it was very interesting to see how their facial features were extremely similar to people down many in Colombia.

My ancestry is hard to track, I know there are roots of many colors in both sides of my parents. One of those sides I did not learn about until I was 12 years old when I met some of my Mom’s distant relative during a summer trip. We spent some time up in a mountain in a small coffee town and I had the chance to learn about not just how coffee grows but also how a cow makes it in to a burger. A lot of the people I met up in Wisconsin looked eerily similar to some of my not so distant relatives. It makes sense, they are also in some ways Native Americans… you know the whole continent was at one point full of them.

My other weird coincidental connection with a tribe is interestingly enough the Navajo. I have extreme astigmatism, without my glasses I have a hard time focusing on detail. One of my ophthalmologist after letting me know that my eye color is actually pretty rare (gold and olive, her words, not mine) told me that she has only seen my level of astigmatism in one population before, the Navajo. A little research (google search) showed me that in fact the Navajo have a high occurrence of astigmatism, and while some of it can be environmental it seems that it is also genetic.

Genetics is a topic for another post, interesting subject for sure that I would like to learn more about beyond what I know from reading a lot about amateur fish breeding at one point. The thing that really stuck with me from the Navajo show though was the fact that the people from the tribe are stuck in two world with two cultures. I can relate to that quite a bit. One of the ladies that taught the language actually cried at the thought that her native language is disappearing. Also interesting was their view of mother earth and how connected they are to things that to the modern world seems to simply ignore.

I don’t know if I will ever get to discover where my roots really come from genetic wise or not, but it makes me somewhat sad that I have embraced civilization and I am almost allergic to the outdoors. Being connected to the earth we live in is not such a bad thing… who knows maybe some day I will actually get into the grove of a morning run to go face the sun before I start the day.

Human Element

Most of you should have heard the news of an almost perfect game that was pitched this week. It is a bad call that cannot be corrected, but that is how MLB wants it because according to them the fans want the human element in the game. I am not a baseball expert and have most of the information from sports radio, it seems this did not cause a lot of controversy… it has been mostly about man hugs and I’m sorry.

I have no idea why baseball is so behind. I know that tennis started to try to take the line judge’s human factor out of play back in the 1970s. They seem to be doing quite well with electronic line judges. Why can baseball do something similar? I know we have the technology.

Is baseball one of those secret things kind of like grocery shopping?

I remember being simply dumbfounded when during my time in college I heard that a test pilot for “smart” shopping carts in a grocery store was killed because people hated to be told where stuff was. I mean the cart woudl keep track of your items, how much you spent and would take you to the right isle. I had a chance to talk to the manager of the store where they tested it and he simply said, to be honest a lot of older people shop at this store and fear of technology was a huge factor.

I certainly don’t believe that explanation because I game with a couple of people over 60, and if they can slay digital dragons and my ancient friend XO can manage to blog, that is just simply a bad excuse and just trying to blame it on age.

I refuse to believe that sentimentalism or pure fear can keep us from moving forward. Or maybe it is the only explanation… I mean, don’t you love that the human factor is ever present in so many aspects of our lives?

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